Portugal Celebrates #IWSD

Portugal Celebrates #IWSD

The Infante de Montemor Swimming Club, located in Montemor-o-Velho, Coimbra, Portugal is a swimming education club. We celebrate International Water Safety Day with an activity called Support Techniques, directed at our competition athletes from pre-competition and cadet grades and from their parents. The activity lasted about two hours, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We approach ground-based water rescue techniques through the methods of talking, reaching, launching and techniques in water with various support materials (balls, ropes, noodle, plank). We also use real means of rescue used by professional swimmers in Portugal (torpedo buoy and rescue belt). Athletes and parents were able to understand what drowning was, and performed rescue techniques for drowning victims.  Although they all know how to swim very well, given that they are athletes, as a club responsible for teaching swimming, we are aware that this is not enough.  We are approaching summer and we know that our athletes will go to the beach, rivers, lakes. Because they know how to swim, their willingness to be in the water increases, thus increasing the risk of being put at risk. Certainly knowing how to swim is important to lessen drowning, we know that it is not enough. So to wake them up for risk issues and teach them techniques that may be helpful in case of difficulty is important to us. We are grateful for your cooperation. Together we will make a difference. -Vlademar...
Collier County Raises Awareness

Collier County Raises Awareness

The Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) and NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition have partnered with US Coast Guard Flotilla 93, Greater Naples Fire District, Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Collier County Parks and Recreation to raise awareness by teaching the children the different aspects of water safety like: Never Swim Alone, Think Don’t Sink, Learn to Swim, Wear a Life Jacket if you cannot swim or are on a boat, what to do in a water emergency, and more. #Immokale celebrates #InternationalWaterSafetyDay by hosting a free #watersafety event. #IWSD#notonemoredrowning#neverswimalone @IWSD1 pic.twitter.com/hUB2tWroOC — Safe&HealthyChildren (@HealthyKidsCC) May 15, 2017 GVM PE promotes International Water Safety Day! #ccpssuccess #IWSD #WaterSafety #NeverSwimAlone #NotOneMoreDrowning pic.twitter.com/OLe0Grca2f — Gulfview Middle (@GulfviewMiddle) May 15, 2017 Celebrating Water Safety with a rigorous lesson in PE @HealthySeagulls @GGEseagulls TY community partners 4 making this so powerful!! #IWSD pic.twitter.com/xPprChoUUs — ccpsDRIVE2BFIT (@ccpsDRIVE2BFIT) May 15, 2017...
Water Phobias: Coming Over Your Fear of Water

Water Phobias: Coming Over Your Fear of Water

This blog on overcoming your fear of water is courtesy of Jeff Krieger, owner of SOAP: Strategies to Overcome Aquatic Phobias. Learn more at waterphobias.com Overcoming a fear of water differs from learning how to swim Quite often a mistake is made by both aquatic professionals and people who are looking to achieve specific aquatic goals.  There is a significant  difference between helping a person, regardless of their age, fitness level or life experience, overcome varying degrees of fear surrounding water, which is actually a fear of drowning, and teaching any person who is not suffering from that same fear, how to swim. The process and skill sets that are required to meet the needs of both populations are vastly different. Many people assume that an “experienced” swim instructor should be able to help a person overcome their fear of water, by teaching them the “nuts and bolts” of floating, gliding, treading and stroke development. After all, it does make some sense that once a person learns how to swim, that they should no longer remain fearful in water. The problem with that logic is twofold; first, is that many  learn to swim instructors wfill never even get the opportunity to meet and help those fearful of water, because many in that diverse population will never participate in their traditional swim programs as a result of their fears. Secondly, most often, if and when they do find the courage as adults or are forced to by well meaning parents to take swim lessons, quit because they begin to feel more fearful, angry, frustrated, disappointed, embarrassed and isolated than they...
RowSafeUSA: Cold Water Safety

RowSafeUSA: Cold Water Safety

This blog on cold water safety courtesy of Marc Messing who runs RowSafeUSA.org Northwestern University Rower’s Death A Northwestern University rower has drowned after falling into the waters of the Chicago River North Channel without a lifejacket. Reports say that the water was cold and swift-moving. The rower, Mohammed Ramzan of Auburn, Washington, was a nineteen year old freshman rowing with Northwestern University’s (club) crew team when he fell into the water. He apparently never surfaced in the murky, cold, moving water. A coach and one other person dove into the water in an attempt to rescue him, but were unsuccessful. Both rescuers were later hospitalized along with a firefighter who was hospitalized for routine decontamination after exposure to the river water. Rowing deaths are rare on warm water and under safe conditions, but more common in the life-threatening temperatures of cold water. Following Mohammed Ramzan’s death it is appropriate to review the particular dangers of cold water as discussed in USRowing’s 2007 safety video: cold water is, the video explains, “extremely dangerous when below 50 degrees” “the initial cold shock from falling into cold water provokes an immediate gasp reflex of up to two to three quarts of air, or water if your head is submerged” breathing and heart rates accelerate swimming failure can set in after only three minutes “cold water can quickly numb the extremities to the point of uselessness” “within minutes, severe pain clouds rational thought” It is also appropriate to review the guidance offered in January, 2015, apparently directed primarily to scullers: “uncontrolled shivering, disorientation and impaired judgment start to occur before exhaustion or unconsciousness.” someone in a launch “can throw...
2nd Pan-Hellenic Lifesaving Sport Championship

2nd Pan-Hellenic Lifesaving Sport Championship

2nd Pan-Hellenic Lifesaving Sport Championship WITH REPRESENTATION FROM THE PRINCESS CHARLENE OF MONACO FOUNDATION  The Greek Championship was organized by the Hellenic Federation of Underwater Activity and supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Health, the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control & Prevention, the Hellenic Red Cross, the International Water Safety Foundation and other prestigious organizations. The Hellenic Federation of Underwater Activity, recognized by the General Secretariat of Sports, organized very successfully the 2nd Pan-Hellenic Lifesaving Sport Championship as means to preserve public health from drowning preventing. Lifesaving sport is very popular and held the last decades in numerous events at international level. If last year’s inaugural event was historic, this year it land-marked the continuity and the collaboration with key water safety related organizations. At the opening ceremony, several honoree presentations were made. The President of the Federation,Vaggelis Rakantas, presented a honorary statuette to the representative of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation,  Kimberly Jarvis, Senior Project Manager, “for the significant contributions of the foundation to the work of the federation that aims to reduce drowning deaths in Greece, through water safety and lifesaving sport programs“. Dr. Vicky Bafataki, presented with the Honorary Medallion of the International Giuseppe Sciacca Awards, to Dr. Stathis Avramidis “for his pioneering and long contributions to the development of lifesaving sport in Greece“. Lastly, a honorary statuette was presented to the Mayor of Alimos, Andreas Kondylis, for his contributions and support. The number of participating teams was increased by 70% from last year. The championship hosted two events with great symbolism and a swim-a-thon for the general public. The Federation aims to co-operate with the Hellenic Red Cross (full member of the International Life Saving Federation), to send...